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My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

Big Jack East Is About Restoring Forest Health and Fire Resiliency in the Sierra


The Big Jack East project would, in essence, bring the forest back to John Muir’s time — easier to navigate, but more importantly, healthy and resistant to mega-wildfires.

Poisonous Produce or Profound Propaganda?

By Andrew Meblin Fake news. We worry about it now, and maybe it seems worse in this hyper-news age, but there’s nothing new about “fake news.” Attempts at objective journalism only began in the 1950s,...

Join the Fight to Protect our Community

In this February My Shot, TCPUD general manager Sean Barclay outlines why it’s important for ratepayers to invest in water distribution infrastructure.

In This New Age of Wildfires, Communities and Insurers Must Work Together


As California wildfires worsen, a looming crisis of property insurance access further threatens the foundation of our communities, at a time when we are already facing an unprecedented housing crisis.

If You Love to Ski, Love the Ocean


OPINION: Every breath we take has passed through the ocean first. Fish are more valuable to us alive in the ocean than they are as a source of food.

Fish and Wildlife Property Provides Idyllic Solution for Public Access, Recreational Use of Truckee...

Larry Andresen proposes a publicly accessible California Department of Fish and Wildlife parcel as an alternative to recreation on private properties in the Hirschdale area — an option he says will be cheaper than Nevada County’s proposed stairway project.

Climate Change and Violence Against Women


The consequences of climate change present an immense risk to our health and safety and will undeniably enhance challenges for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse.

North Lake Tahoe’s TBID Offers Multiple Solutions for Some of Our Biggest Problems

The North Shore’s proposed Tourism Business Improvement District has a fan in longtime Tahoe City-ite Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure, who argues in his My Shot that by putting TOT money under the control of the NLTRA, rather than Placer County, the North Shore will have more local control.

Vote No on Measure J: Setting the Record Straight

BY PATTY LAMONTO The proponents of Measure J urge the taxpayers to vote on a bond measure based upon good faith and economic timing. Board member Kevin Murphy and some proponents have said that the...

Save Crystal Bay Public Lake Access on Somers Trail


Laurel Ames of the Tahoe Sierra Club Group speaks out against a public/private land swap proposal.